Gus ex­pects his side to shape up

Play­ers get set to re­port back for duty

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Will Hen­shaw

Queen’s Park boss Gus MacPher­son is gear­ing up for next sea­son as his play­ers are due to re­port back af­ter their hol­i­days.

The Spi­ders will un­der go fit­ness tests to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day) and then have their first train­ing ses­sion on Satur­day.

Queen’s have a packed pre-sea­son sched­ule, start­ing with a closed door friendly against Partick This­tle at Lesser Ham­p­den.

They will also take on Broomhill, Hearts, and Dun­fer­milne be­fore head­ing to a train­ing camp in Durham where they will face Con­sett Town and Bishop Auck­land.

Their first of­fi­cial game will be in the Petro­fac Cup first round which will take place on Satur­day, July 25.

And right now Gus in­sists the pri­or­ity is get­ting the play­ers’ fit­ness up to scratch. How­ever he also said he has no con­cerns with re­gards to play­ers com­ing back over­weight:

“It’s not some­thing I’ve ever had to deal with.

“Mod­ern day foot­ballers look af­ter them­selves, they have a fit­ness sched­ule to keep to when their off and they stick to it.

“Football is a very phys­i­cal game now and so much of it is about fit­ness, the play­ers know them­selves they can’t re­port back over­weight or it can af­fect their per­for­mance.”

“Right now it’s all about prepa­ra­tion for pre-sea­son. The play­ers re­port back for their fit­ness test to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day) and then we hold the first train­ing ses­sions on Satur­day.

“We had quite a long sea­son, the play­ers have only been off a few weeks since we were play­ing right up un­til May in the play-offs so their fit­ness won’t re­ally have dropped.

“We’ve got a good pre-sea­son sched­ule lined up that’ll get the play­ers’ match fit­ness sharp.”

Another player de­parted Queen’s as striker Ross McPher­son is head­ing to ju­nior side Irvine Mead­ows. The 27year-old for­mer Cly­de­bank player scored twice last sea­son for QP.

Gus added: “In terms of sign­ings there’s been noth­ing new at the mo­ment, it will prob­a­bly be a few weeks be­fore we an­nounce any­thing.”

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